Commercial Legal Counsel

Market related
08 Jun 2017
08 Jul 2017
FP 8033 LCC
Sara-Jane Winch
Job Function
Job position
Qualified / Chartered
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Title: Commercial Legal Counsel

Location: Bedfordshire (full time)

Reference: FP 8033 LCC

Working hours: Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm - 35 hours per week

Salary: Competitive (dependent on experience)

Role overview: 
FirstPort is looking for a Commercial Legal Counsel to join a very busy team in an exciting role in a company that is undergoing a period of business transformation.  This is a fast-paced and busy role that will keep you engaged in a broad range of matters and the candidate will be encouraged to undertake further professional development.  This is a opportunity for a candidate to push their career forward in a busy in-house legal department.  The candidate will be part of a very small commercial legal sub-team of 3 people (although the legal department has 10 people) and will have a large degree of autonomy and responsibility.

Responsibilities will include providing legal advice in respect of a broad range of general Commercial, IT, IP and Corporate Governance issues.  You will be drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts for a variety of business units such as framework agreements, terms and conditions, supply of goods and services agreements, non-disclosure agreements and dealing with ad hoc queries.

This role will involve working across all levels of the business including customers and executive / senior members in delivering a strategic legal approach to commercial and contract related issues.

You will be based in the company's operational office in Bedfordshire and you will be required to travel to other offices in the UK from time to time.  This is a permanent role.

You will need to be UK qualified, have strong commercial acumen and have between 3 and 5 years PQE.  Previous in-house experience would be advantageous but is not a pre-requisite.   

What you'll be doing:

  • Reviewing and negotiating FirstPort's commercial contracts to ensure they are in compliance with all statutory requirements and ensuring that risk is mitigated;

  • Providing advice on procurement issues and related documentation;

  • Supporting and assisting in developing Corporate Governance policies and procedures and monitoring compliance; dealing with data protection, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption queries;

  • Dealing with external legal counsel from time to time;

  • Reviewing and improving Business Practices; and

  • Any other duties as and when required.

Skills we're looking for: 

  • Attention to detail;

  • Commercial acumen;

  • Excellent communication skills and adept at managing senior stakeholders;

  • Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills and broad commercial law experience including knowledge of areas of law including contract law, IP, privacy and data protection;

  • Able to work both as part of a team and autonomously in a rapidly changing business environment;

  • Highly organised, and an excellent manager of your own time; able to multi-task and prioritise own workload;

  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new areas of law and take on a variety of work;

  • Business facing experience in a legal role dealing with a range of commercial legal issues; and

  • A solicitor qualified in England and Wales with 3 - 5 PQE.

What we'll offer you:

  • Excellent benefits;
  • On the job training and mentoring, continuing professional development;

•    Opportunities for progression.

Who we are:

FirstPort is one of the largest and most experienced property managers in the UK, employing more than 3,300 people, of which 2,500 work at the developments we manage.  We work across the residential property services market and provide a range of services through our diverse range of FirstPort brands.  We manage over 3,700 developments, with national scale to set us apart for delivering genuine value-for-money services.

We also know that great property management is about more than just bricks and mortar.  Many people rely on us so they can enjoy their homes, safe in the knowledge that we will be there if they need us.  Caring about

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